Publications

Publications by FAO represent one of the most important sources of gathered knowledge on insects as food and feed. In this section you will find publications, information guides, and conference summaries which have been produced since the inception FAO's edible insect programme in 2003.

昆虫の食糧保障、暮らし そして環境への貢献 / The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment 10 September 2014 Now published in Japanese, the information guide "The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment" is a 4 page summary of the key issues addressed in “Edible insects: future prospects for feed and food security". [more]
Edible insects in Lao PDR: Building on tradition to enhance food security 13 June 2014 The percentage of the population of Lao PDR that regularly consumes insects is among the highest in the world. Recognizing that edible insects provide many health, nutrition, environmental and livelihood benefits, recent efforts have been made to build upon these traditions and increase awareness and appreciation of the benefits of edible insects. FAO is pleased to have supported these efforts, particularly through the Sustainable insect farming and harvesting for better nutrition, improved food security and household income generation in Lao PDR Project, implemented from 2010 to 2013. [more]
Il contributo degli insetti, per la sicurezza alimentare, il contributo degli insetti 14 April 2014 The information guide "The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment" is a 4 page summary of the key issues addressed in “Edible insects: future prospects for feed and food security [more]
식용 곤충 : 식량 및 사료 안보 전망 / Edible insects: Future prospect for food and feed security (in Korean) 31 March 2014 Edible insects have always been a part of human diets. In this publication, we show the contribution that insects make to diversifying diets and improving food security. We also hope to raise awareness of the many valuable roles that insects play in sustaining nature and human life. 식용 곤충은 항상 인류의 식사 문화의 한 부분 이었다.하지만 어떤 사회는 곤충을 먹는다는 것에 대해 어느 정도 혐오감을 가지고 있기도 한다. 대부분의 식용 곤충은 산림 서식지에서 채 집 되고 있으나, 많은 나라에서 대량 사육 시스템을 통한 혁신을 시도 하고 있다. 곤충은 선진국과 개발 도상국 모두에서 전통 지식과 현대 과학을 접목할 수 있는 의미 있는 기회를 제공한다. [more]
The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet 5 February 2014 Insects will be appearing on our store shelves, menus, and plates within the decade. In The Insect Cookbook , two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part of our future diet. They provide consumers and chefs with the essential facts about insects for culinary use, with recipes simple enough to make at home yet boasting the international flair of the world’s most chic dishes. [more]
Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security 13 May 2013 Edible insects have always been a part of human diets. In this publication, we show the contribution that insects make to diversifying diets and improving food security. We also hope to raise awareness of the many valuable roles that insects play in sustaining nature and human life. [more]
Information guide: The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment 12 May 2013 The information guide "The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment" is a 4 page summary of the key issues addressed in “Edible insects: future prospects for feed and food security.” [more]
昆虫对粮食安全 民生和环境的贡献 11 May 2013 信息指南“昆虫粮食安全,生计和环境的贡献”是其中的关键问题,解决的4页摘要“食用昆虫:用于饲料和食品安全的未来前景。” [more]
Der Informations-Leitfaden “Der Beitrag von Insekten für Nahrungssicherung, Lebensunterhalt und Umwelt“ 11 May 2013 Der Informations-Leitfaden “Der Beitrag von Insekten für Nahrungssicherung, Lebensunterhalt und Umwelt“, ist eine 4-seitige Zusammenfassung von Schlüsselthemen, welche in dem Buch "Essbare Insekten: Zukunftsaussichten für die Lebens- und Futtermittelsicherung" angesprochen wurden. [more]
Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand 1 March 2013 Edible insects comprise a category of under-utillized foods that offer significant potenial in meeting future global food demands. Featuring information about the thriving Thai edible insect industry, it is hoped that this publication will spur other countries to: recognize the potential of edible insects to contribute to food security and nutrition in a sustainable sound manner; increase rural income and livelihoods; and reduce the environmental burden of feeding the growing world population. [more]
The FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operation of Insect Mass Rearing Facilities - Procedures Manual 31 December 2012 The interactive FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operating Insect Mass-rearing Facilities is generic. The Spreadsheet assists in technical and economic decision making associated with design, costing, construction, equipping, and facility operation. [more]
Summary report: Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed in assuring Food Security 23 January 2012 Jointly organized by FAO and Wageningen University with financial support of the Government of the Netherlands, the meeting aimed to open a dialogue and foster an exchange of information and expertise on the potential benefits of using insects for food and feed as part of a broader strategy to achieve global food security. [more]
Lao PDR and FAO - Raising edible insects to supplement poor diets 1 March 2011 In May 2010, FAO and Lao PDR launched a project onSustainable insect farming and harvesting for better nutrition, improved food security, and household income generation, financed entirely by FAO with a budget US $475 000 for implementation from 2010 to 2012. A comprehensive approach, recognizing the role of traditional collecting of insects from the wild, along with the introduction of insect farming, has been assessed as the most appropriate strategy for the project. The project focuses on strengthening the existing role of insects as a complementary food in the Lao diet. [more]
Unasylva 236: Edible forest insects, an overlooked protein supply 1 March 2010 Worldwide, over 1400 insect species are reportedly eaten as human food; most are harvested from natural forests. Read more about this overlooked protein supply. [more]
Forest insects as food: humans bite back 1 February 2010 Aside from their nutritional and environmental benefits, experts see considerable opportunity for edible insects to provide income and jobs for rural people who capture, rear, process, transport and market insects as food. These prospects can be enhanced through promotion and adoption of modern food technology standards to ensure that the insects are safe and attractive for human consumption. This publication contains the edited proceedings of the February 2008 international workshop, entitled “Forest Insects as Food: Humans Bite Back” in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is hoped that it will help to raise awareness of the potential of edible forest insects as a food source, document the contribution of edible insects to rural livelihoods and highlight linkages to sustainable forest management and conservation. [more]
Stories from the field: Insects on the menu 1 January 2009 Although rice is the key staple food in Laos, there is an acute need for improving the diet with regard to protein, energy and other nutrients in Lao PDR, where chronic malnourishment has been recognized as a serious problem. Insects offer a good source of nutrients with high protein content, as well as many vital vitamins and minerals. Read more about the This FAO project as it focused on strengthening the existing role of insects as complementary food in the Lao diet and on insect farming. [more]

last updated:  Wednesday, January 15, 2014